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How Can Hepatitis C Be Transmitted
Vaccine, avoid risk: Vaccination is now standard for health care workers, and pediatric vaccines. This should decrease risk from needle stick injuries and sexual transmission. Avoid risk: don't shoot drugs, or snort them. Condoms also help decrease risk of transmission of hep b and other stds main risk is from birth in endemic regions (exposure to infected mother's blood); infants get Immune Globulin and vaccin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not easily: Hiv would be very very unlikely. The virus dies quickly outside the body, elements in saliva provide protection from infection, you would have to have some sort of open wound, and there would have to be large # of viruses. Same is almost true for hep c except it doesn't die quite as quickly and it takes fewer viruses to infect. I do not know of any cases that have been transmitted by a toothbru. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That's the nature...: "That's the nature of the beast," as people say. It is just that way. Different germs have different ways of getting you. It depends on things like how well a germ survives in certain parts of one's body, how well they multiply there, how many there are, and then traits like how infectious or how contagious they are, how well our immune defenses are in various bodily parts, etc... ...Read more
Blood contact: Hepatitis c is caused by hepatitis c virus, which is transmitted mostly through blood exposure (sharing needles and syringes). I can also be transmitted sexually, especially through fairly rough, unprotected, inadequately lubricated sex where there might be blood exposure. ...Read more
Low likelihood: Someone in a long-term, monogamous relationship with a partner infected with HCV is at low risk, the risk of sexual transmission ranges from 0 to 0.6 percent per year. This risk of transmission is slightly higher — about 1 percent per year — if involved in a short-term sexual relationship with someone who has Hepatitis C. The risk increases if the person is HIV positive ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: About 25% of people who have hcv antibodies, indicating that they were exposed to this virus, will have spontaneously cleared the infection through their immune response. The only way to know if you actually have active infection is to test for hcv RNA (viral load). If the RNA is detected the person has active infection and could have liver damage. ...Read more
Oral secretion/stool: The virus is active in the oral secretions of an infected patient from shortly before the onset of symptoms for up to 2 weeks. It is excreted in the stool for several weeks after the onset of illness. The virus is stable for days at room temperature. Contact with any viral material on hands or inhaled as droplets can pass the infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis B risks: Hep B is very infectious. It's transmitted thru breaks in the skin or mucus membranes (nose, mouth, etc) by: ? Sexual contact with an infected person ? Direct contact with infected blood, even tiny amounts ? Sharing items, like toothbrushes, razors, syringes... ? Direct contact with open sores of an infected person ? At birth if the mother is infected. It's not thought to pass thru saliva-kissing ...Read more
Could a person with hepatitis C transmit the hepatitis b virus to someone else through unprotected sex?
What is the question: I am not sure what the question is. Hepatitis c cannot be transmitted by stool, vomit, or urine. However, if someone had cuts on the skin and came in contact with bloody stool that could be a risk. If someone is having unprotected sex via anal intercourse, that activity is risky for hepatitis c transmission due to small tears in the anal mucosa (thin tissue in that area). ...Read more
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